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All new Teslas will have “full self-driving hardware”

by Roy Choi | October 19, 2016October 19, 2016 5:27 pm PDT

Tesla on Wednesday announced that it will be including “full self-driving capabilities” on all new vehicles from the company. The hardware will include 8 cameras with 360-degree viewing up to 250 meters (820 feet) away, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors, and forward facing radar that use wavelengths to see through rain, fog, and dust.

While all new Tesla vehicles moving forward will include the hardware, the features won’t enable fully autonomous driving for some time. According to Tesla, calibrating and analyzing millions of miles of data still needs to be done. Eventually, however, your new Tesla will be able to drive itself.

Elon Musk boasted the new hardware is capable of “Level 5 autonomy.” This new tech will be powered by a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of previous generation Teslas.

In the meantime, Tesla’s newest cars won’t have features like automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane keep, or adaptive cruise control. Those features will be folded in once they’ve been vetted.

The new self-driving hardware will be included in Model S and Model X vehicles now, and will eventually be available for the Model 3. While all new Teslas will have the hardware built-in, these features won’t be enabled until buyers pay for the additional options.


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...